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					    PRACTICING

CHUNK
  PARAGRAPHS

By Mr. Charles
OBJECTIVE
 Practiceidentifying the structure of chunk
 paragraphs
 by rewriting them and underlining with
 colored pens.
10TH GRADE PROMPT:
WHAT TRENDS OR PATTERNS DO YOU NOTICE IN ALL
THREE ARTICLES? USE QUOTES IN YOUR ANSWER.



     Annotate the prompt. Circle key tasks.

     What is a trend/pattern? How many articles?

     What type of answer are you expected to give?
 SAMPLE CHUNK RESPONSE 1
    While each family is unique, three articles
from 1999/2000 suggest that many families are
affected by the challenges facing working parents.
Parker writes about “fathers who struggle between
the responsibilities of work and the needs of their
families” (22, par 1). This challenge extends to
women also as Shellenbarger says; she’s a working
mom who “clearly needs a good long rest” (25, par
7). Daniels adds that children of hard working
parents worry about their health (27, par 3). Each
article contributes to the idea that balancing work
and family is a difficult task for today’s parents.
SAMPLE CHUNK RESPONSE 2
    “Double Daddy,” “…Mad Blender,” and
“Working Parents” all offer hope to moms and
dads with busy jobs. Even though it is not easy,
parents like Sue Shellenbarger find ways to
“blend” their work and home lives (24). She isn’t
alone; dads are also finding ways to spend more
time at home with their kids. Kids know that
working parents can still make time for them and
parents who think about their kids at work are
happier. In conclusion, all three articles suggest
that working parents can successfully achieve
balance in their homes and offices.
9TH GRADE PROMPT:
CAN ANIMALS THINK? HOW DO YOU KNOW?
USE DETAILS FROM TO THE ARTICLE ON PAGE 27.

     Annotate the prompt. Circle key tasks.

     Can animals think? (Yes or No question?)

     What type of answer are you expected to give?

     Are there multiple questions or points to
      address?
    SAMPLE CHUNK RESPONSE: YES

     Although humans are the most thoughtful
    creatures on the planet, animals are able to think
    too. In the magazine article, “Can Animals
    Think?” by Eugene Linden, Orky the killer whale
    thinks of a solution to save his baby. Orky plans
    on lifting a human on his head which reveals
    that he can cooperate with other species.
    Furthermore, Orky displays intelligence superior
    to that of humans beings who are unable to solve
    the problem on their own. Because Orky the
    whale uses his mind to solve a life or death
    problem animals must be able to think, maybe
    even better than humans can.
     SAMPLE CHUNK RESPONSE: NO

     While animals may do what they must to
    survive or gain more food, they do not truly
    “think.” The answer to Eugene Linden’s question,
    “Can Animals Think?” is no since they only use
    their intelligence to get something like a few more
    oranges, a day of freedom, or even a healthy baby.
    Fu Manchu breaks out of an enclosure; he isn’t
    composing a symphony. The whale, Orky, is using
    a survival instinct to protect his young, not doing
    something truly thoughtful like creating a work of
    art. Since these beasts aren’t expressing
    themselves creatively they are simply surviving,
    not thinking.

				
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